Needless to say, most bookcases will hold more than a book or two, but the ways of displaying them are plentiful. There’s the colour-coded look, there’s the painted-spine idea that gives all of your tomes all the same tone, and there’s the ordered-by-genre and ordered-by-size approach. But now, whichever home-grown Dewey Decimal system you call your own can be set aside to try a look that’s far more eclectic and far more jumbled, and that creates a far richer tapestry much more suited to autumn and winter.
By allowing books to amass freely – red books next to yellow, leather-bound aside canvas-covered, paperback neighbouring weighty hardbacks – you create a bank of texture that closely mirrors the nostalgic stacks seen on childhood library visits. Let some lean while others stand strong, mix brand new releases with salvaged stories whose pages have turned yellow-tinged. It’s the perfect antidote to the untouchable feel that curated book displays can cause. And what’s more suiting to the soon-to-come colder months than the temptation to reach out for a blanket to curl up under, matches for the fire, and a book to be thumbed?
Mix in the odd antique accessory – such as gilded frame oils, apothecary-esque bottles and jars, and bell jars encasing novels withered, weathered and treasured – to break up the books and to heighten the feeling of warmth and familiarity you’ll have already given rise to.